As the spring season approaches, we can see brilliant colored, fragrant and attractive flowers surrounded with colorful soft and beautiful flying butterflies. Multicolored flowers and butterflies on a background of lush green grass make the perfect sight, soothing for eyes and soul. This list a collection of 10 rare-sighted and appealing butterflies from around the globe.
10. Sapho Longwing
Sapho Longwing (Scientific name: Heliconius sapho) belongs to the family Nymphalidae. Their prime origin is Costa Rica. The caterpiller is quite unique in the sense that it’s only food plant i the Passion Vine called Pittier’s Passion Vine. This probably is the main reason behind the higher rate of extinction of such species compared with other butterflies as if the plant goes extinct the butterfly will surely follow.
9. Spicebush Swallowtail
Spicebush Swallow tail belongs to the family Papilionidae/Swallowtails . Commonly found in woods, pastures and meadows during February to October, the butterflies are unique and attractive rapid flying caterpillars. The overall appearance of both the sexes is same. They are black with pale blue-green marginal spots and have a large orange spot along costal margin. Hindwing with single tail has a prominent greenish flush in males and reduced diffuse blue scaling in females.
8. Banded Peacock Butterfly/Emerald Swallowtail
The Banded Peacock (Scientific name: Papilio crino) is a specie of swallowtail (Papilionidae) butterfly found in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and parts of South Asia. The beautiful butterfly with cottony or hairy scent-streaks is a solitary and a fast flyer. It flies high above the trees and the female lays eggs on leaves of the Satinwood tree. Occasionally it is attracted to bright flowers of plants on the ground. It is distinguished due to its color which is shiny fluorescent blue or green. The color depends on the angle of observation. The magnificent colors are due to scales in interior of its wings. There are spots in the bottom of its hind wings similar to eye spots.
7. Question Mark Butterfly
The Question Mark butterfly (Scientific name: Polygonia interrogationis) is a North American butterfly. The adult butterfly has a wingspan of 5–7.5 cm (2–3 in) and is seen from May to September. The silver mark on the hindwing is broken into two parts, a curved line and a dot, looking like a question mark that gives the species its common name. It is mostly black with a short tail in summers and turns to a lot of orange in winters with a longer, violet-tipped tail.
6. Junonia Coenia
This beautiful butterfly belongs to the Nymphalidae family. It is mostly found in Southern parts of the United States. They usually live in areas of low vegetation. They have white bars on the upper wing surface with prominently visible eyespots. They have a very unique and distinctive feeding pattern as they live on mud fluid and damp sand. Linea, the summer version of this butterfly summer version has light yellowish ventral wings.
5. Orange Tiger/ Banded Orange Heliconian/Banded Orange
Banded Orange Heliconian, Banded Orange or Orange Tiger (Dryadula Phaetusa) is a brilliant orange and black colored butterfly native from Brazil to central Mexico. The male is bright orange with thick black stripes, and relatively duller orange with fuzzier black stripes in females. It feeds primarily on the nectar of flowers and bird droppings. Its wingspan ranges from 86 to 89 mm.
4. Orchard Swallowtail
Orchard Swallowtail (Scientific name: Papilio aegeus) is an Australian butterfly from the Family Papilionidae found in Eastern Australia. It is the largest butterfly commonly found in Brisbane. It feeds on citrus fruits and trees. Both male and female have black forewings with a white stripe. The wings span is about 105 millimeters.
3. Antheraea Mylitta
This attractive and colorful specie is very variable in color, with individuals ranging from the typical sandy-yellow of the female through brownish-grey, chocolate-brown, bronze, reddish-brown and chromium-yellow. The type which has red and pale pink markings, is rare in males. It lives on oak and apple trees and needs warmth and humidity to survive.
2. Metal Mark Butterfly
Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly (Scientific name: Apodemia Mormo Langei) is an endangered North American butterfly from the family Riodinidae. Lange’s metalmark is a fragile, brightly colored butterfly in the Riodinidae. Red-orange coloration extends through the inner forward half of the forewing. Below, the wings have a more muted pattern of gray, white, black, and orange.
1. Silvery Blue Butterfly
Silvery blue butterfly (Scientific name: Glaucopsyche Lygdamus) is a beautiful and attractive butterfly having appealing blue and silver colors. They are mostly found in woodlands, meadows and parks from early May to early July. The silvery blue’s wingspan ranges from 7/8 to 1 1/4 inches. The male’s upper side is an iridescent, silvery blue with a narrow dark border; the female is duller in color.